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- GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 14 months 2,895 people have contributed $359, 005 towards the $500,00 goal https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4(Editor – Mark Norman one of only three people DND refused to give help with legal bills in the last two years https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/mark-norman-one-of-only-three-people-dnd-refused-to-give-help-with-legal-bills-in-past-two-years)
- The Naval Marine Archive and the Canadian Society of Marine Artists exhibition “A Retrospective of the work of Hamish Berchem, CSMA, 1932-2018”. Opening Friday 12 Apr, 3-6pm and continues to 2nd of May, held at The Victory gallery, 205 Main Street, Picton, ON http://navalmarinearchive.com/news/berchem_retrospective_2019.html
- MARITECH Full Speed Ahead: Firing on all cylinders (Call for papers opportunity) Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa ON April 23-25 2019 http://mari-techconference.ca
- Navy Bike Ride 2019– June 8, 2019 – Ottawa/Gatineau – Check out this fun family event (and yes for the serious racer, there is a competition as well!)
- 2019 Maritime Gala Ball– Saturday, June 15, 2019 Hilton Lac Leamy Gatineau QC – This event, supported by the Commander of the RCN and the Commissioner of the CCG, will celebrate the many successes of our Canadian Maritime community. This event will commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and confirm their commitment to the future. Tickets will be on sale early March 2019 so mark your calendars.
- NOABC 100th Anniversary Celebration 2-6 Oct 2019 Vancouver BC Conference Venue: BCIT Marine Campus – 265 West Esplanade, North Vancouver. UNTD Dinner in the planning stage. Conference Hotel: The Pinnacle Hotel, North Vancouver – a block booking with room rates ranging from $170 to $190 per night. Details to be confirmed and posted to the NOABC web page shortly.
- HMCS Regina joins international mission off Somali coast
- ★ Canadians seize 2.5 tonnes of hashish in the Indian Ocean
- Coast guard struggling to help with rescues, Arctic resupply due to old fleet
- Saab to deliver Sea Giraffe radars for Royal Canadian Navy joint support ships
- The case for a second interim supply ship? New stats show how foreign navies continue to refuel Canadian warships
- NECC Divers join U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian and British Forces Train Under the Ice
- A parliamentary committee is set to shine a light on the shadowy business of military intelligence
- ‘We aren’t going to turn the page’: Conservatives try again to tie Norman trial to SNC-Lavalin fallout
- Canadian Special Forces 2019 / JTF2 • CSOR• MTOG(Editor – a good look at a modern warriors equipment)
- HMCS Calgary : Op Projection Asia – Pacific 2018
- Small Cruise Ships Sailing Pacific Coastal Channels
USA & AMERICAS
- Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 8, 2019
- Navy Set to Drop All Criminal Charges Against Fitzgerald CO, Junior Officer; SECNAV Will Issue Letters of Censure
- In the aftermath of the Fitzgerald collision, months of legal fury end in a whimper
- Schultz: Coast Guard Readiness at a ‘Tipping Point’
- With the US Navy’s top shipbuilding priority on deck, red flags fly
- The enduring case for American naval power
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.2-Billion E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Contract Modification
- Navy Fighter Readiness Nearing 80 Percent Mission Capable Target
- Navy Simulating Efficient Shipyard Layouts as Part of 20-Year Modernization, Optimization Effort
- Cost and Survivability: acquiring the Gator Navy
- U.S. Blacklists Greek Tanker for Sanctions-Busting
- Port of Seattle to Redevelop Container Terminal for Cruise Uses
- ★ Mammoet Salvage– Wreck removal of the SSV Jupiter 1 (Editor – 14 min video)
- ★ Those who rule the waves, rule the world
- Russia, China to conduct joint naval drills in late April 2019
- China is building long-range cruise missiles launched from ship containers
- Chinese-made carrier to miss PLA sea parade
- 2 INS warships to take part in the 70th Anniversary of the Chinese Navy
- Indian Navy to get 6 advanced submarines
- Indonesia to receive ZOKA torpedo countermeasures for Nagapasa submarines
- Ready to pounce: Asia’s crouching Tiger nations (Part 5)
- Six foreign fishing boats detained in Indonesia
- Chinese navy trials laser weapon
- Slow and steady: Vietnam’s Spratly upgrades
- U.S. Destroyer, P-8 Poseidons Join Search for Missing Japanese F-35A Pilot; Officials Say Fighter Crashed
- Australian Naval task group joins AUSINDEX 2019
- Subcontract signed as pace for Attack Class program picks up
- SIA calls for papers to support 2019 conference
- Taiwan to build new sub, update old ones
- Defence gifts Guardian Class Patrol Boat to Tuvalu
- Sanctions: North Korean Tanker Transmitting as Fishing Vessel
- New Subsea Laser Technology Models Historic Plane Wreck
- Global Warming Effects Presenting a ‘Major Challenge’ to Carrier Schedules in Asia
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln arrives in Europe
- Russia’s frigate Admiral Grigorovich strikes ‘enemy targets’ in Black Sea drills
- Fincantieri Bids to Build Bulgaria Patrol Ships
- Russia revamps Arctic military base to stake claim on region
- (Editor – Kotelny Island) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kotelny_Island
- Admiral Gorshkov class of Russian navy – full analysis (Editor – suffer the in video commercial, the ship pics are worth it) https://youtu.be/hW6VqS1F4KY
- Northern Sea Route: Russia’s Rosatom aims to surpass Putin’s target
- German air-defense frigate Hessen deploying to Aegean
- Belgian Navy | Knowledge Bank (Editor – video) https://youtu.be/0Zqj-XZkxxI
- German Navy 2018 | Knowledge Bank (Editor – video) https://youtu.be/nRmau5YiT48
- Commander CTF 150 visits Seychelles and welcomes increased Canadian contribution to the Task Force
- ★ HMS Montrose’s arrival in Bahrain heralds new era in Gulf
- China deploys new missile destroyer, frigate in its anti-piracy fleet
- HMS Brocklesby and Shoreham train in Qatar
- Fire Destroys RoRo Ship off Saudi Arabia
- Royal Canadian Navy ships conduct first-ever visit to Togo
- Wärtsilä Introduces First Commercially Available K-Band Maritime Radar
- NGO: 142 Ships Beached in South Asia in Q1
- CLIA: Global Cruise Passenger Numbers Grow in 2018
- Electronic Information Exchange Now Mandatory for Ports
- IMB: Global Piracy Drops by 42 Pct in Q1 2019
- Fast Facts: What is GPS? https://maritime-executive.com/article/fast-facts-what-is-gps
- Princess Cruises Debuts Record World Cruise
- The Supersonic Submarine– New Secret USN Development?
- 70,000 Ton Disaster: How the Biggest Battleship Ever Built Committed Suicide
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES– April
Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list currently draws from LEGION magazine, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the First fireproof concrete structure in North America. Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 6 April 1954 HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, sails from Halifax on her last voyage; she will be replaced by HMCS Bonaventure. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican combine to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sinks Royal Canadian Navy Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 8 km off Chebucto Head, near the entrance to Halifax harbour and the Halifax lightship; forty-four of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 28 April 1818 U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1944 HMCS Athabaskan and Haida fight two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drives a flaming German warship aground. German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 German U-boat torpedoes Canadian passenger ship Nerissa off Ireland; 73 Canadian Army personnel lost. Atlantic Ocean
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, Royal Canadian Navy, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.